The Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercars at Mount Panorama

A couple weeks ago all the sporting talk in Australia was about the NRL, the details of that one can be found on last week’s post called The Greatest NRL Grand Final of All Time.

Last weekend another top Australian sporting event took place, the Bathurst 1000. Bathurst is a regional town in New South Wales, about 200 km west of Sydney. Every year since 1963 they have held the Bathurst 1000, a 1000 km car race which takes place on the Mount Panorama Circuit.

If you look back through the race’s history, your see that it wasn’t always about V8 Supercars, but it certainly is now and many those cars look a lot like this…

V8 supercarIt wasn’t always the Bathurst 1000 either, it used to be the Bathurst 500, as in 500 miles. The track, which is a public road for the rest of the year, is a corker. It’s 4 miles long, or as we would now say, 6.2 kilometres. It’s got hills, it’s got dips, and the very first turn is called ‘Hell Corner’. Add to that ‘Griffin’s Bend’, and also throw in ‘The Dipper’ and ‘The Chase’.

The final ingredient, of course, are lots of very fast cars in a hurry.

What do you think’s going to happen?

Car crashes

Exactly. And here is a YouTube of this year’s little mishaps, watch out for two horrendous crashes at around half way…

Now I don’t know anything about the rules of this sport, but it seems to me that nudging people from behind on the back corner of their car and sending them into a spin seems to be a bit of a thing.

That’s clearly what happened in the worst crash of the weekend which you saw just after the three minute mark. Who on earth would want to nudge the back of that car like that causing it to flip 12 times before leaving the circuit and catching fire?

As it turns out, it was his brother!

That’s right, the car that crashed was being driven by Damien Flack and the car behind that nudged it by Adrian Flack. Surely that’s taking sibling rivalry to extremes?

Damien Flack is now recovering well in hospital as is Chaz Mostert, the driver of the other car in the serious accident before that. And just so that we are clear, the nudging that goes on is certainly not deliberate, it’s just something that happens from time to time.

It’s part of the sport.

You will also be relieved to hear that nobody in the crowd was hurt in the Chaz Mostert crash that took place just before the three minute mark. They weren’t actually part of the crowd either, they were trackside marshals, seven of them, and they all tried to jump clear. Four did, a couple suffered minor injuries and one of them went to hospital with a chest injury.

And I bet they will all be back next year.

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  • Warwick Wakefield October 17, 2015, 3:06 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    about Bathurst.

    Many years ago, when I was just a 19 year old kid, I was out at Bathurst outside the racing season and I took a drive around the track.

    There is a huge hill in the middle of it. You climb up the hill through a succession of bends, but you you come down on an horrendous, steep, straight.
    At the bottom of this straight you are going as fast as your car can go; even an ordinary road car will be doing more than a hundred and twenty miles an hour.
    Then you have to make a sharp, right-hand turn.
    On that one turn you can destroy your brakes, your tyres and your nerves.
    Frightening, truly frightening..

    • BobinOz October 19, 2015, 4:54 pm | Link

      Yes, I did read up about the circuit online somewhere, it does sound truly frightening. Given that it is a normal public road for most of the year, I imagine it is very much a hoons hotspot.

      Next time I am driving around that way, I’ll be sure to give it a go. Very slowly though, very very slowly.

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